Environmental Protection

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EPA's GreenChill Program Works to Revolutionize Supermarket Refrigeration

Supermarkets are among the most energy-intensive buildings around, and refrigeration uses more than half of that energy. That doesn't even include the harm that leaking refrigerants cause to the ozone layer. EPA's GreenChill program works with companies and their refrigeration engineers across the country to help program participants lower their refrigeration emissions of all kinds.

Report: Short-Term Air Quality Not Affected by Gas Drilling in Marcellus Shale

An air quality study near Marcellus Shale natural gas operations in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania found no emission levels that would pose a public health concern, according to a report released by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Scientists Detect Beginning of Ozone Hole Healing

According to an article in Nature, researchers have spotted signs of recovery in the ozone hole above Antarctica. These first signs of human-caused shrinkage come 22 years after the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement that banned the use of ozone-depleting chloroflurocarbons.

Smoke-related Chemical Discovered in the Atmosphere Could Have Health Implications

Cigarette smoking, forest fires and woodburning can release a chemical that may be at least partly responsible for human health problems related to smoke exposure, according to a new study by NOAA researchers and their colleagues.

Technical Assessment of Direct Air Capture of CO2 Sees 'Limited' Use for the Process

The American Physical Society has released a new assessment, titled “Direct Air Capture of CO2 with Chemicals,” to better inform the scientific community on the technical aspects of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

NREL Releases 2010 Green Electric Utility Ranking

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs.

Naturally Occurring Compound Reduces Cows' Ammonia Emissions

As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of the abundant agricultural gas ammonia by up to 30 percent.

Environmental Leaders to American Electric Power: What’s Your Number?

National environmental groups are launching a new campaign that challenges American Electric Power to publicly name the number of lives it wants Congress to sacrifice to give AEP and other polluters delays and rollbacks of national limits on toxic air pollution.



Studies Estimate Cost of Environmental Disease in Children at $76.6B Per Year

In three new studies published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers reveal the staggering economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new legislation to mandate testing of new chemicals and also those already on the market.

Colorado Petroleum Distributors to Pay $2.5 Million For Illegally Mixing, Distributing Gasoline

The action ensures that gasoline meets fuel quality and performance standards, and protects people’s health by reducing harmful VOC emissions.

EPA Proposes Stronger Emissions Standards for Secondary Lead Smelters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters, which would improve air quality and protect people’s health in communities where the smelters are located.

Chevrolet Begins Selling Volt in Canada

Dealers in selected Canadian markets began taking orders for the Volt May 2.

Mercury

Most Mercury Waste Regulations Fail to Account for Vapor Release

Chemical transport regulations don't always take into consideration the fact that mercury vaporizes at room temperature.

EPA Fines Oregon Freeze Dry for Failing to Report Ammonia Release

Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3,323 for its failure to report an estimated 422 pounds of anhydrous ammonia released at its food freeze dryer facility in Albany, Ore.

Five Eastern Washington Gas Stations Fined for Violating Federal Air Rules on Tribal Land

Three companies operating five gas stations in eastern Washington will pay more than $8,000 for violating federal air rules on tribal land, according to several orders issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Northeast Utilities Chooses Enviance Software for Managing Emissions

New England’s largest utility to implement Environmental ERP solution to comply with regulations and corporate sustainability programs.

CAA Settlement Requires TVA to Invest Up to $5.3B

EPA says state-of-the-art pollution controls and clean energy technology in many of the corporate agency's coal-fired power plants should provide up to $27 billion in annual health benefits.

Alcoa Teams with Codex, CO2 Solutions on Carbon Capture

A pilot program will test the ability of proprietary enzyme technologies to reduce the environmental impact of industrial byproducts.

Deadlines for rules covering manufacturers that use fabrication and finishing processes are closing in.

Preparing for 2011 Fabrication and Finishing Rules

Manufacturers that use welding in their operations should get ready to meet this year's notification deadlines for Clean Air Act emission regulation.

Fisher Sand & Gravel to Pay Fine, Implement EMS in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality settled air and water quality violations with the company at a cost of $312,000, part of which will pay for the company's environmental management system.

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